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I am being efficient! Only two weeks and here I am making another blog post! I will try to post more regularly :)

Well, as promised, here is part two of our Summer Days Out post, plus some pics of what I have been reading and making.

John, Julia and I all had a lovely day out at a local park, where we had a picnic, watched the swans and ducks ( or coocaws as Julia calls them ), and walked through the woodland, so peaceful and wonderful!

We all enjoyed a perfect ( if cloudy ) day at the beach with my dad and step mam, this was actually Julia’s first time on the sand, and oh how she loved it!

John, Julia and I all had another perfect day at Beamish Museum ( we love this place! ) Walking up to Pockerly Manor…

and inside the manor, talking to the doctor who informed us that he was waiting for the mistress to come downstairs to pay him, after his attempts to save her husband from small pox! ( his attempts failed apparently ) ……

Julia and myself on the Merry-Go-Round, which was Julia’s first time and she absolutely loved it!

 

We’ll be going back to our favourite museum in the very near future :)

The day after we went to Beamish, we went to a very old church quite close to us, to watch a Medieval re-enactment, which was wonderful! A battle, Anglo Saxons against the Vikings!

 

After the battle we walked around the church grounds to watch the medieval people in their tents, going about their every day activities, this lady appeared to be doing a form of primitive crochet?

 

This particular church and grounds was chosen for this re-enactment as the church was built in Medieval times

After the re-enactment, we all walked to the beach which was very close by, it was a lovely walk, finished off by a picnic, ice cream and paddle :) The pier is currently under construction

John’s mam loved her cardigan which I crocheted for her birthday! I really enjoy making things for others, here is the cardigan :)

I finished crocheting the baby doll for Julia’s birthday, which has now being put away until October

So come October, dolly in pink dress ( which I made for Julia last Christmas ) will have a play friend!

I am currently crocheting a popcorn hearts blanket for John’s mam and dad for Christmas, I am crocheting this in green and pink strips which will be sewn together, with a border added. I only work on this when Julia is up and about, as I can crochet quite easily with Julia running around and unexpectedly jumping on me, lol, and if Julia wants to sit on my knee, have cuddles or play, I can put my crochet down in the middle of a row and come back to it easily, unlike knitting! With knitting I have to finish a row before I can put it down, and can not knit with Julia jumping on me, so knitting I reserve for when Julia is tucked up in her cot asleep at night :) Anyway, here is the first strip of the blanket…

I crocheted one of these blankets for my dad and step mam a couple of Christmases ago, it is a lovely pattern which I enjoy doing. I am knitting a cardigan for Julia, which includes fair isle and intarsia techniques, and I am quite proud of this so far, since it is my 4th ( or is it 5th? ) ever knit, I started to teach myself to knit in earnest in February just gone, and I love it! So this is what I am working on in the few hours between Julia going to bed at night, and our bedtime, it is a pattern from Susan Crawford’s Vintage Gifts To Knit book… 

At the moment I am reading one of my new Alison Uttley book, Ambush Of Young Days, then I’ll be reading my other new Alison Uttley book, Carts And Candlesticks.

I am really pleased with these two books, which have been on my book list for a while now, they were usually so expensive to buy, like so many of Alison’s memoirs, but every so often I’ll check Amazon for these books ( and others by her ) and sometimes, they’re listed for only a few pounds, which really is excellent for these particular books, so I snap them up and add them to my ever growing collection of Alison Uttley memoirs of her country childhood, she is one of my favourite authors and to me, she and Flora Thompson have wrote the most wonderful memoirs of country childhoods that I have ever read (and I have read a few, lol ). The above books are in good condition considering their age, with the Carts And Candlesticks one having never been read by the look of it, so I feel very lucky to have acquired these wonderful books

Speaking of books, I have started buying ( already! ) books to put away to read, with Julia, over the Christmas Season. I love Christmas, it is my favourite time of year, I adore the build up to it, and try to cram as much Christmas into it as I possibly can, and that includes reading many Christmas books, and so, I have started buying Christmas books already. We already have quite a few, but there is just something so magical, so charming about Christmas books, that in my opinion, you can never have enough! I am trying to buy one a week, mostly from Amazon, so that come Christmas, we will have quite  a collection to read! This one arrived last week, and it is a charming story about the first Christmas stocking, I’ll be showing more of this book ( and others ) closer to Christmas :)

Well, that is it for today, I am going to ice our weekend cake, and print some photos out for the albums just now. Thank you so much for reading, have a nice day!

Bye for now x

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the days of our lives, the days we will remember always, the happy, blissful days, the festive days, the fantastic days.

Christmas was simply wonderful this year!

We all went to the park, twice, we fed the ducks and other birds, and relished the sweet serenity of nature, the quiet of Winter, to escape, just for a little while, from the hustle and bustle of Christmas.

I crocheted us all Christmas stockings, and tried my best to cross stitch and embroider nicely on them, although they are not perfect, they are loved, so my making them was very worthwhile indeed.

Christmas Eve, we all put our new pyjamas and slippers on, and watched The Muppets Christmas Carol together, something we will do each year and make a family tradition, I read Julia The Night Before Christmas, before we tucked her in and left her to dream of sugar plums.

Christmas morning was wonderful, watching Julia open her presents and get excited over what she found beneath the festive paper! I am pleased to say she loves all her toys, including the dolly I crocheted for her! After present opening and breakfast, we all went to Johns parents to see family and have dinner there, it was lovely watching Julia with the other young children of our family, Julia is the youngest, we have two 3 year olds and a 2 year old in our family too, and watching her join in with their games, and interact with them is very sweet indeed :)

Boxing Day was a kind of second Christmas in our house, as my dad and Pam came over, they were unable to come over on Christmas Day, so we treated Boxing Day as a second Christmas. We all enjoyed a lovely tea together, and watched, happily as Julia opened her presents and delighted in what she received. Julia is such a loving baby, she loves to give cuddles, snuggling down into your neck and saying ‘ahhhhhh! ‘

I have just finished crocheting Julia a jumper, and am going to start on another one for her tonight, I have lots and lots of things planned which I want to make for our gorgeous girl.

Each night, once Julia is bathed, in her clean pyjamas, has had her bedtime bottle of milk, and is snug in her sleeping bag, cuddling her comforter, I read her a bedtime story, something we both love doing each night, and we are especially enjoying making our way through all her lovely new books, and also some old ones too, my childhood books.

Julia can now climb onto the settee all by herself, which she thinks is great fun! She adores cuddling into Foxy and Scrappy, they’re all the bestest friends! She is into everything now, our home is one huge adventure for her, an adventure she is loving being on.

We recently found out that Julia has to wear glasses for the foreseeable future, we collected them earlier this week ( 2 pairs ) and already one pair has been broken, so we’ll have to take them in to be fixed next week, and we are having some difficulty in persuading Julia to keep her other good pair on, she will wear them for a while, half an hour is the longest, but then she remembers they are there and will take them off, if anyone has any experience of toddlers wearing glasses, I would be very grateful if you could pass on any tips on how to get your toddler to keep them on.

It is a cool crisp day today, there is a hard frost on the ground but the sun is shining. Soon, we’ll all be having Sunday dinner, and enjoying a quiet family day together.

Happy New Year to you, with all our love from Julia, John, Melanie, Foxy, Scrappy, Jack and Whiskey xxx